• Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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India warns against social media data misuse ahead of elections

India prime minister Narendra Modi (left) with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

By: Sarwar Alam

India’s information technology minister on Wednesday (21) warned against any abuse of social media in elections, following reports that a British consultancy improperly accessed information on millions of Facebook users to target US voters. India is due to hold a national election in 2019 and several states will elect new assemblies this year and next. “Abuse of social media including Facebook cannot be allowed to impact the fairness of elections,” Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters. “In the wake of recent data theft from Facebook, let my stern warning be heard across the Atlantic, far away in California. Any covert or…

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